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Taser Victim Asks For $500,000 From GGNRA [POLL]

Attorneys for Montara resident Gary Hesterberg say that the U.S. National Parks Service should pay their client for causing injuries and violating his rights.

The Montara dog-walker shot by a Taser fired by a park ranger last January at the Rancho Corral de Tierra property is now seeking $500,000 from the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA), according to a report from the Half Moon Bay Review.

Attorneys representing Montara resident Gary Hesterberg say they filed the federal claim because the U.S. Department of the Interior has declined to release the completed investigation of the incident to the public and denied their requests to review the investigation.

In the federal claim Hesterberg's attorneys made the case that the U.S. National Parks Service should pay their client for "causing injuries and violating his rights under the guise of an arrest," reports the Review. If National Parks officials reject the claim, Hesterberg could bring his complaints forward again in a civil lawsuit.

Read the full story in the Half Moon Bay Review here.

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Vince Chutney September 04, 2012 at 11:27 PM
I don't see what Mr. Hesterberg's big problem is here. I know some patients who have paid extremely big bucks for shock therapy. The fact that the GGNRA is now dispensing this service gratis is a testament to their progressive style of management.
Itsa Secret September 04, 2012 at 11:50 PM
Under the guise of a "day of education" a month after acquiring the property, this is how the federal government "trains" the public. Some education.
CQ September 05, 2012 at 03:53 AM
Reward Hesterberg for his illegal activity, bad judgment that escalated the situation, and flagrant defiance of arrest? No way!
BIG HENRY September 05, 2012 at 04:52 AM
This "out of control" park ranger should be psychologically examined to see if she is fit to remain on active duty and have contact with the public. I suspect she is not. But the NPS is characteristically "circling the wagons" to protect their taser-happy thug so that nothing substantive will change. I hope that this poor guy that she electrocuted takes her and the NPS to the cleaners. This is the only way that this culture of official violence against citizens is stopped. My neighbor's 11 year old daughter is afraid to walk her little dog in the area because she's afraid "that mean ranger will hurt me". My God, how this country has changed in the last 40 years, when rangers were your friend and were kind and helpful. Not anymore, now they're the jack-booted thugs that many have spoken about. I'm kind of glad that I'm a senior citizen now and hopefully won't have to see the horrors of the coming POLICE STATE that Orwell wrote about many years ago. That ranger should be ashamed of herself for what she did, and more importantly, we should be ashamed of the NPS for keeping her on the payroll.

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